July 3 13

The grown-up parts about being a grown up—say, taxes and gardening, for instance—are not the things you thought about when your mom gave you THE SPEECH. You know the one—”As long as you are living under my roof, you will do as I say! Once you are grown up and live on your own you can do whatever you please—you can dye your hair every color in the rainbow for all I care!” and you have that Jenna Ring grin on your face all, “I can’t wait to be thirty and flirty and thriving!” or, you know, something about Tom Hanks being BIG if you don’t get the 13 Going On 30 reference.

You don’t think about the grown up stuff that your parents dealt with, or, you know, their accountants or their gardeners dealt with. I mean, no one tells you that once you are a responsible adult you will be required to floss daily so you can model your behavior to teach three small humans that they are required to floss their teeth daily. They don’t tell you! You will be the one who has to schedule appointments and go to the dry cleaner and fill the damn minivan gas tank and make sure that the fridge is filled with nutritious sustenance for three always-ravenous mouths and that you are the one who always has to wash the fruits and vegetables and cut them into child-size pieces because it’s irresponsible to allow children to use the good knives. Also, you will have to make sure you have the good knives.

Sometimes being an adult blows.


Sometimes it’s so incredibly awesome. Because you say things like, “Husband! It’s Friday afternoon! What shall we do?” “I don’t know, wife, why don’t we take all of the creme out of the Oreos and mix it with different kinds of alcohol and then put it back into the Oreos and see which we like the best?” “Why yes! We *can* do this, because we are responsible adults!”

Thirty(five) and flirty and thriving, indeed!

I can’t get into specifics, because I’m sure the food blogger wants to material all to himself, but I’ll tell you that we both liked the Creme de Cacao/original Oreo combination the best. Divine. I won’t say how many of them I ate, but it’s at least three. Obviously.

Alcoholic Oreos, for the win.

Alcoholic Oreos, for the grown-up win.

You know what else you can do when you are an adult?

You can decide at way-too-late into the evening that you want to have The Tassimo VS Keurig Ultimate Showdown to decide once and for all which one is the best bang for your buck and the best mode of getting the caffeine into my face and veins. And then! Once you have done that and you are properly buzzed and bouncing off the walls, you can find yourself with another challenge on your hands.

“Let’s watch all the horror movies we can think of until we find one that doesn’t make us laugh more than cry.”


We are still on this mission, for the record. The Grudge had potential, but the fact that Sarah Michelle Gellar was in it sort of made it too laughable to be scary and that viral video of the kids pretending to be the kid from The Grudge in the hotel was more frightening than the actual movie so that one’s out. Halloween? Just no. Nightmare on Elm Street? Not a chance. The Exorcist? Not really. Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Nyet. Poltergeist? Uh…it’s COACH. We tried several of the Paranormal Activities to no avail.

And don’t even get me started on The Evil Dead because even though it got 98% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes (How in the fresh heck even?), it was so ridiculous. You guys, SPOILER ALERT, there are brown-corduoy-clad teenagers who really aren’t teenagers who are they trying to kid who make super bad decisions and always go towards the weird noises and creaks and cracks and sounds and choose to stay in strange remote cabins in the woods. Also, there’s a girl who gets, uh, raped…by the woods. “You mean someone IN the woods?” “No! I mean…THE WOODS. The actual woods did this to me.”

Note: Not an actual quote but close enough to the actual quote to make me scratch my head all 98%? Really? I mean, I enjoy Sam Raimi, but I cannot get behind this because you know what else has a 98% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes? THE GODFATHER PART II. So.

The only thing in the running right now is The Ring, because it has officially made me afraid of both wells and snow on television sets. And we aren’t going to talk about IT which I refuse to watch on account of the clown.

Are there other movies that are actually scary?

I’m going to find out. You know why? Because I’m a grown-up and I totally can.

You know what else I can do? Listen to that stupid Miley Cyrus song on repeat and pretend that it’s not ridiculous. Shhh. Don’t tell my kid—I’m supposed to be responsible.

  1. You know which movie looks really scary to me? The Conjuring. I found out it is based on a true story and the family lived in the house for many years with all those strange frightening occurrences. Why? Why would they continue to live there? Even the advertisements on tv for the movie scare me.

    Comment by Julie on July 3, 2013
  2. The remake of Amityville Horror gave me nightmares, but I’m a total and complete weenie.

    Also, I totally got the reference, aren’t you PROUD! (I hope so, because I know you aren’t proud of my abhorrent comma usage.)

    Comment by Jen on July 3, 2013
  3. The Amityville Horror WOULD have been up there until I started watching all of these documentaries about the REAL story and then I was like…MEH.

    Dear Ali, stop your research brain.

    Comment by ali on July 3, 2013
  4. Have you see The Strangers with Liv Tyler? I love scary movies and that scared me. Anything that could *actually happen* scares the bejesus out of me.

    Comment by Kelli G. on July 3, 2013
  5. Stir of Echoes with Kevin Bacon. One of the scariest movies I’ve seen…

    Comment by Devon on July 3, 2013
  6. Seriously, it took me years to get over The Grudge, and I still freak out if my closet is open even a crack at night, in case that freaky kid is up there staring at me. OMG. And then I accidentally watched Paranormal Activity a while back, and I am still, STILL, traumatized. I can’t even deal with that horror in that movie. It destroyed me! Also, the first time I saw The Blair Witch Project, when everyone was all… “Is it real? Or not?” Yeah, that was scary!

    Comment by Loukia on July 3, 2013
  7. So, what you’re saying here is that you are easily scared? 😉

    Comment by ali on July 3, 2013
  8. Huh. I’m feeling a bit ripped off that my husband has never once suggested taking the middles out of Oreos and mixing them with booze. What is wrong with my husband?

    Comment by Nicole Boyhouse on July 3, 2013
  9. HA! That Evil Dead scene is unforgettable… maybe because I think I watched the film when I was 9. sigh. I watched The Call last night and it was a good one, not a horror, but def a thriller and I was on the edge of my seat for most of the film. Have you seen Hostel? or The Human Centipede? GROSS. Still not horror though… The Ring is not on your list? Not scary during, but for three weeks after… shivers.

    Comment by Sandy on July 3, 2013
  10. Yup re: The Ring. I actually mention it in the post…that’s why I’m afraid of tv snow and wells. Heh.

    Comment by ali on July 3, 2013
  11. Wow. I must have skipped over that somehow… looks like I may need some of your oreos. 😉

    Comment by Sandy on July 3, 2013
  12. Or maybe you already had some??


    Comment by ali on July 3, 2013
  13. I won’t even watch laughable horror movies. I do not do well with horror flicks.

    The Conjuring looks scary!

    Comment by Kristabella on July 3, 2013
  14. I feel like everything looks scary from the previews—those give me nightmares. Hahah.

    Comment by ali on July 3, 2013
  15. Yeah, I won’t ever watch those movies, especially if the previews freak me out.

    P.S. Can we do booze cookies when I’m there???

    Comment by Kristabella on July 3, 2013
  16. If you want another laughable one, have you watched The Cabin in the Woods? It has all the fun, totally predictable elements with a great twist to it that had me spending hours after reading interpretations and looking up the cross-over mentions.

    Comment by Darcey on July 3, 2013
  17. I haven’t! I will watch it…just for the after-research. I love that kind of stuff.

    Comment by ali on July 3, 2013
  18. The Changeling (from 1980, not the more recent Angelina Jolie movie with the same title) is a great movie that’s actual scary. It’s a super creepy ghost story. I saw it when I was little, and all these years later is still gives me the heebie jeebies.

    Comment by Danielle on July 3, 2013
  19. Yes, The Strangers, with Liv Tyler. I couldn’t finish it in one sitting, I was so freaked out. Also, Helter Skelter…but that really happened so the creepy factor goes way up. ????

    Comment by Alison on July 3, 2013
  20. I think the best thing about being an adult is being able to have a cocktail at 11am on a Friday. Just because you can. Um, I’m not speaking of myself and today or anything…

    Comment by Kristin @ KEEN Digital Summit on July 5, 2013
  21. I love The Grudge, especially the US version (although the original Japanese version was cute too, but less scary). Paranormal Activity still scares me, along with the first release of Hostel, which was really gross, but the plot was so cool.

    Comment by Christian on July 17, 2013

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